A list of wastes banned for export from EU to developing countries entered into force today after being published by the European Commission in the Official Journal. The amendment to the EU's 1993 waste shipments regulation clarifies which wastes are covered by the ban, which implements international rules agreed under the UN Basel convention. The EU ratified the ban last year, but could not apply it in practice until lists of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes had been agreed by Basel convention parties, which they did in February (ENDS Daily 27 February). The amendment now incorporates the Basel lists (annex VIII and IX of the convention) into the EU regulation. In order to give "full protection" to developing countries, the Commission has also included any other waste appearing on the EU's hazardous waste list, and any specified on additional "red" and "amber" lists of wastes the export of which is considered to pose a risk to the environment. The Commission's amendment of the regulation also makes it clear that the EU maintains a future right to impose stricter controls on exports of wastes to non-OECD countries than those agreed under the Basel convention.
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